Ilocos Norte northern tourist destination
Ilocos Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region. Its capital is Laoag City, located in the northwest corner of Luzón Island, bordering Cagayan and Apayao to the east, and Abra to the southeast, and Ilocos Sur to the southwest. Ilocos Norte faces the West Philippine Sea to the west and the Luzon Strait to the north. Ilocos Norte is noted for being the birthplace of the former President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Ilocos Norte is also known as a northern tourist destination, being the location of Fort Ilocandia, an upper class hotel and beach resort famous among expatriates, and Pagudpud.
How to get there via plane? To get to Ilocos Norte by air you can take Airlines like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines fly between Manila and Laog in Ilocos Norte. Laoag International Airport is the only in Ilocos Norte. Travel time is about 1 hour. Fare is around 1,900 to 2,500 pesos. From the airport, you may hire a tricycle to take you to the city proper, there is also a jeep bound for the city proper. How to get there via bus? Several bus lines like Partas and Florida Bus travel between Cubao, Manila and Laog, Iocos Norte and Manila and Viga, Ilocos Sur. Bus fare to Vigan from Cubao, Manila is roughly 665 to 805 pesos. Bus fare from Cubao, Manila to Laog is 805 to 965 pesos. Travel time is roughly 10 to 12 hours.
Things to Do in Ilocos Norte. 1st to do. Climb to the top of Cape Boreador Lighthouse and catch awesome panoramic views of Ilocos Norte. 2nd to do. Drive along the famous Patapat Viaduct and take photos of the country’s fourth longest bridge. 3rd to do. Go sand boarding and ride a 4 by 4 at the Sand Dunes. 4th to do. Swim and soak up some sun at Saud Beach in Pagudpud. 5th to do. Pay a visit to Sta. Monica Church, the largest Church in the region. 6th to do. Go to Bangui Windmills are truly a unique must-see in the region. As you drive along Bangui Bay, you’ll notice that there are more than 20 turbines set up along the coast. 7th to do. Visit Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Through thousands of years, the strong waves along Bangui Bay have helped form this stunning natural wonder. 8th to do. Go to Malacanang of the North. The former official residence of the Marcos family during his presidency, their old home has been transformed into a museum. 9th to do. Pay a visit to Paoay Church. Don’t forget to drop by one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the country. Paoay Church also known as San Agustin Church, was inspired by a mix of oriental, gothic, and baroque architecture. 10th to do. Visit Sinking Bell Tower. This Spanish era bell tower was built on soft and sandy foundation, which is the reason why it sinks and how it got its name.
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